New Interfaces for Musical Expression

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Three musicians playing hydraulophone, an instrument that is similar to a woodwind instrument but makes sound from incompressible fluid (water) rather than compressible fluid (air). Photo from concert programme of the NIME-07 conference in New York City.

New Interfaces for Musical Expression, also known as NIME, is an international conference dedicated to scientific research on the development of new technologies for musical expression and artistic performance. Researchers and musicians from all over the world gather to share their knowledge and late-breaking work on new musical interface design.

History[edit]

The conference began as a workshop at the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI) in 2001 in Seattle, Washington. Since then, international conferences have been held annually around the world:

Sensing in NIME[edit]

Sensing is a substantial research area in NIME applications. A review of the conference proceedings from 2009–2013 showed the most commonly used sensors in this period are Force-sensing resistor and accelerometer, two sensing technologies for force-related assessment.[7] Also, the use of MARG sensors (accelerometer, gyroscopes, and magnetometers), as well as sensors embedded in portable electronic devices have been increasing since 2010.[8]

Areas of Application[edit]

The following is a partial list of topics covered by the NIME conference:

  • Design reports on novel controllers and interfaces for musical expression
  • Performance experience reports on live performance and composition using novel controllers
  • Controllers for virtuosic performers, novices, education and entertainment
  • Perceptual & cognitive issues in the design of musical controllers
  • Movement, visual and physical expression with sonic expressivity
  • Musical mapping algorithms and intelligent controllers
  • Novel controllers for collaborative performance
  • Interface protocols (e.g. MIDI) and alternative controllers
  • Artistic, cultural, and social impact of new performance interfaces
  • Real-time gestural control in musical performance
  • Mapping strategies and their influence on digital musical instrument design
  • Sensor and actuator technologies for musical applications
  • Haptic and force feedback devices for musical control
  • Real-time computing tools and interactive systems
  • Pedagogical applications of new interfaces - Courses and curricula

Other related conferences[edit]

Other similarly themed conferences include

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